He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise (Luke 3:11 NKJV). A bold leader decided to follow Jesus' teachings, resulting in a powerful ministry that has his entire congregation serving the desolate, the hungry, and the sick. Through this obedience to Scripture, his church grew from a small 250-member congregation to a thriving, life-filled body of Christ-followers that is active in an astounding seventy ministries today. Learn how your church can follow Jesus today, no matter your budget or how stale your current ministry "programs," and in spite of opposition. Dr. Roesel overcame the overwhelming odds and proved that Jesus' teachings are still valid today.
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About the Author
Dr. Roesel’s rich past includes being the recipient of the Southern Baptist Distinguished Service Award. In addition to all other ministries, Dr. Roesel had a television ministry reaching out to four million homes each week. In 1973, he was chosen as Florida’s Urban Pastor of the Year by Stetson University.
First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Florida, thrived under Dr. Roesel’s thirty-year leadership and is now considered the model for Ministry Evangelism. In a town of 15,000 with over ninety churches, the church grew by transformation, baptizing over 7,000 people.
First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Florida, now has over seventy separate ministries including The Men’s Residence, Women’s Care Center, Children’s Shelter, Benevolence Center, Furniture Barn, Food Pantry, Teen Shelter, Pregnancy Care Center, Medical Center, Counseling Center, Preschool, First Academy Leesburg (K-12th Grade), School of Fine Arts, Rape Crisis Center, AIDS Clinic, Mentoring Program, Children-at-Risk Program, Mentally Challenged, People Helpers (Counseling), Signing Ministry, a Home Ministry sharing with over four hundred home-bound persons each week, and more.
Table of Contents
Foreword: The Great Story ix
Introduction: The Great Misunderstanding xxvii
Ch. 1 The Great Danger 1
Ch. 2 The Great Example 13
Ch. 3 The Great Mistake 27
Ch. 4 The Great Challenge 39
Ch. 5 The Great Assurance 53
Appx. 1 Ministry Evangelism in the Bible 71
Appx. 2 Ideas for Ministry Evangelism 85
About the Author 95
What People are Saying About This
Can a church meet the needs of those most at risk in its community and do so without watering down the gospel? The answer is absolutely yes, and no one has demonstrated that better than Charles Roesel and his congregation at First Baptist Leesburg. Roesel has led the way with multiple ministries that are giving people the immediate help they need to change their circumstances while also introducing them to the life-transforming Savior who will change their lives. Roesel's enthusiasm and love for people electrifies his ministry, and it spills over onto the pages of this book. What would our nation and world look like if more churches followed the biblical mandate to serve the "least of these"? I hope thousands of pastors take this book to heart so we might find out.
President, North American Mission Board
I have always admired the ministry of Dr. Charles Roesel. I had heard so much about his church meeting the needs of people that many churches would shy away from I could not believe it until I met Dr. Roesel himself. His passion to reach the down and out, the misfits, the outcast, and the misunderstood is directly from the heart of God. As a matter of fact, Dr. Roesel’s ministry has proven to be the hands, the legs, the feet, and the heart of Jesus Christ! What Dr. Roesel and his ministry have done in Florida is truly "A God Thing"!
Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA.
President, Southern Baptist Convention